Mark Kemp


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: I want to get my MBA but until then take it one day at a time.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: HELPROOM! We want you to do well as much as you do so come to help room and we can work through it together

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Or you can use outside resources like YouTube to help breakdown some of the concepts that you struggle with

Fun fact about me I had a bear encounter in the woods

Lilli Mack


Major: Mathematics with a minor in physics

Future plans: I plan on going into secondary education and getting certified to teach high school math and physics !

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Go to helproom hours with any questions or homework problems, we are here to help. When you're reading the preclass notes, write down the concepts that you had trouble with and being it to class to talk about with your peers and ULA.

Fun fact about me I can name every single country in the world !

Help room hours Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm

Krithi Sachithanand


Major: Computational Data Science

Future plans: Work as a Data Engineer/Analyst

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Create an equation sheet! It helps reinforce the concepts in your brain and prepares you for the exams.

Fun fact about me My favorite food combination is hot cheetos and oreos!

Help room hours Fridays 10:00am-11:00am

Ariela Yashinsky


Major: Mathematics

Future plans: Get my teaching certificate and teach high school math.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Don't be afraid to speak up! Group work can be intimidating but your group members are a great resource for when you're confused and articulating your thoughts to others will strengthen your knowledge. Pay close attention to what concepts are important for exams, this will be super helpful for studying to make sure you review the right things .

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Come to the help room! There are so many people who want to help you understand. Google is also a great place to look for more information, if whatever you're working on doesn't make sense to you there are so many resources out there that might explain it in a way you understand.

Fun fact about me I love to sew and make my own stuff like clothes, bags, and anything in between!

Help room hours Mondays 4:00pm-5:00pm

Joshua Dixon


Major: Kinesiology

Future plans: I would like to locate a cause for idiopathic (unknown cause) scoliosis. Currently I am working on developing a new non-surgical technique for treating scoliosis.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: If you study hard in the beginning, it will make everything much easier towards the end. Additionally, pay attention to coding problems. On the test, it helps when you have an idea of what you are looking at. The in-class problems will be very helpful for thinking about coding in a physics setting.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? I highly recommend the help room. The help room helped me understand some essential physics concepts. If you are willing to put in the work, the help room can make a good grade very achievable. Grades aside, it is super cool to understand what you are doing! When I did not have a clue, the help room put everything into perspective.

Fun fact about me A fun fact… Once I played on a randomly assembled basketball team—composed of sixth graders. I was the last kid to show up to the first practice. When the other kids saw me, they all started screaming, “What’s your name?”. When I said Joshua, they all started screaming. Shortly after, I learned that every person on my new team was named Joshua.

Help room hours Piazza Sundays

Kailey Head


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: Grad School

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Come to helproom after trying out problems! We are more than happy to walk you through!

Fun fact about me I am an amateur bee-keeper on my family's farm and orchard!

Abby Peterson


Major: Computer Science

Future plans: To work in a team doing something I’m passionate about. (A.K.A. still figuring it out)

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Don’t be afraid to text your group mates and set up study sessions. Sometimes talking through ideas helps more than you’d think! Also be comfortable communicating with your professor and TA/LAs - that’s the best way we’ll be able to help you!

Fun fact about me I’m doing research for MSU in the Laboratory for Hybrid Quantum Systems, minoring in Dance, and am on the MSU Pompon Team…All fun things!

Help room hours Mondays: 11:00am-noon

Jaden Hanold


Major:Computer engineering

Future plans:No clue

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed:Have fun with it, this was my favorite class I took so far.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class?: Come to helproom

Fun fact about me:I snowboard

Help room hours Fridays 3:00pm-4:00pm

Jake Rodgers



Future plans: To teach in some capacity, the plan is currently high school. I have just started doing research in physics education at MSU and that has been really cool, so grad school and teaching at the college level may be an option in the future.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Embrace the group aspect of the class, it truly is one of the best ways to learn. Also, use your resources (like the LA's, help room, piazza, etc.)!

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class?: Help Room and reach out to friends! One on one sessions can really help clear things up for you!

Fun fact about me: I broke my leg in the middle of a basketball game, and I have a video of it (feel free to ask to see it)!

Help room hours Fridays noon-1:00pm

Stephanie Glaspie


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: Work as a mechanical engineer…somewhere.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Contribute your knowledge to the best of your ability and lean on other students to help you improve in areas that you struggle with. This is a group setting in order to have a collaborative environment, rather than a competitive one. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn your strengths and weaknesses and improve on them.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class?: Look over the notes in detail for sections that you struggle with and come to help room with any confusion on pre-class, post-class, in class, exams, notes, or ANYTHING else.

Fun fact about me: I went to Spain and studied abroad this summer!

Help room hours Wednesdays 10:00am-11:00am

Sage Foster


Major: I am currently a sophomore studying toward an undergraduate physics degree, and I plan on continuing onwards to graduate school where I plan to study nuclear physics

Future plans: I hope to either work at a university researching with a particle accelerator or to work with a team researching nuclear fusion as a viable power source.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork! Find your strengths, and play to them. But most importantly listen to your teammates strengths and let them showcase their strengths too. This course is an adventure for a party, not for a solo physicist.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class?: Come to the help room! Other than that, don’t ever be afraid to ask for help, use your resources, or even ask for help finding any resources. Your Professor, TA, and other ULAS are all great resources. We all want you to succeed.

Fun fact about me: I toured MSU with my class back when I was in fifth grade. We toured the cyclotron (now the FRIB) and after that tour, I knew that I wanted to work with nuclear physics.

Ross Davis


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Future plans: Working in the aerospace industry on UAVs.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Being familiar with what’s in the notes for the week will make the class much easier.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class?: Attend help room for 1-1 learning and to recap simple concepts that may have been missed.

Fun fact about me I work on a research team that is building delivery drones that can ride busses to extend their range.

Help room hours Mondays Zoom: 10-11am

Frank Dachille


Major: First Year Physics Graduate Student

Future plans: Get my doctorate and then teach or do research at a university.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: I would suggest asking as many questions as possible after you have worked on a problem yourself. Helproom is a great place for this!

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Reach out to any of the instructional staff and we will help and/or direct you towards resources to help you succeed!

Fun fact about me I'm a world class percussionist, love to play badminton, and I have the cutest cat (will provide cat pics upon request).

Help room hours Wednesdays 3pm-4pm; Fridays 1:00pm-3:00pm; Piazza Mondays and Fridays


Section: 3 & 4

Degrees: BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics; MS in Physics Education

Research/Interest Area: Teaching Physics

What excites you about physics: That physics helps me to understand the universe and the world around me. I love learning new things about how physics applies to other areas of interest, particularly from the students in my classes about their areas of interest.

Advice on how to approach P-Cubed: Read the lecture notes and watch the linked videos to prepare you to complete the pre-class homework. Instead of trying to rush through an in-class problem, your focus should be on the process you follow as you work through them. How you work through and connect the concepts is more important than your group finishing the problem. After the first class meeting of each week, get started on the post-class homework – don’t wait until the last minute. While there is an individual-only component to the class (our exams), most of it is group-focused in the case of our in-class problems and projects; or homework where you can collaborate with your fellow students and course staff on your personalized assignments. Use the lecture notes and pre-class homework to prepare you for our in-class problems; the in-class problems help to prepare you for group projects, the post-class homework, and the individual exams; the post-course homework helps to solidify your understanding of the week’s work and better prepare you for the individual exams.

What do you recommend doing if you are struggling in class? Talk to me or schedule an appointment to talk to me. You also ha LAs in the class who have taken the course in the recent past and have been in your position. They can offer good, constructive advice on how to approach and overcome particular struggles. Take advantage of all of the resources available to you. In addition to the course notes and videos, you have the help room, D2L discussion boards, your group mates, and your fellow students from other groups available to you. If you find yourself grappling with a concept, don’t delay seeking help through these resources. Questions you bring to the help room or the Piazza discussion can go beyond the current homework. Use these forums to ask about any concepts from the class, the in-class problems, the lecture notes, or any previous homework assignments you wish to review.

Fun fact about me: I like to bike, cook and taking my dog Reo on long walks (or does he walk me?). Each of the past couple of summers, I rode my mountain bike for 100 miles in a day and hope to do this again this August.

Help room hours: Mondays 3:00pm-4:30pm; Fridays Zoom 11:00am-noon; Piazza: Saturdays

Email: hallstei@msu.edu

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